Recognizing the immense social, economic, cultural, and geopolitical impact of sports, the NYU School of Professional Studies launched the NYUSPS Sports and Society program in October, 2013, under the direction of Arthur R. Miller, NYU School of Law professor and Chairman of the Sports and Society program. The program has become an academic home—a think tank—for scholarship and dialogue that furthers the study of sports as a societal force.

Sports and Society offers a blend of programming and academic research that explores sports from a variety of perspectives. The goal is to increase and to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of sports in a global society, as well as its ability to affect change in fields as diverse as the natural and social sciences, business, medicine, law, media and communications, and education. It also serves to educate young athletes in the importance of sportsmanship, character, and integrity, whether they are playing for fun, or playing in the hopes of pursuing a career as a professional.